Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (Paperback)

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    "California, Labor Day weekend . . . early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains, shades and greasy Levis roll out from damp garages, all-night diners and cast-off one-night pads in Frisco, Hollywood, Berdoo and East...

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    "California, Labor Day weekend . . . early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains, shades and greasy Levis roll out from damp garages, all-night diners and cast-off one-night pads in Frisco, Hollywood, Berdoo and East Oakland, heading for the Monterey peninsula, north of Big Sur. . . The Menace is loose again." Thus begins Hunter S. Thompson's vivid account of his experiences with California's most no-torious motorcycle gang, the Hell's Angels. In the mid-1960s, Thompson spent almost two years living with the controversial An-gels, cycling up and down the coast, reveling in the anarchic spirit of their clan, and, as befits their name, raising hell. His book successfully captures a singular moment in American history, when the biker lifestyle was first defined, and when such countercultural movements were electrifying and horrifying America. Thompson, the creator of Gonzo journalism, writes with his usual bravado, energy, and brutal honesty, and with a nuanced and incisive eye; as The New Yorker pointed out, "For all its uninhibited and sardonic humor, Thompson's book is a thoughtful piece of work." As illuminating now as when originally published in 1967, Hell's Angels is a gripping portrait, and the best account we have of the truth behind an American legend.







    From the Hardcover edition.

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    Dimensions 8.0x6.0x1.0
    ISBN 9780345410085
    Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
    Format Paperback
    Pages 273
    Publisher Date 1996-09-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Ballantine Books
    Copyright Year 1995
    Height 8.5 in
    Wdth 5.75 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.65 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle A Strange and Terrible Saga
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Thompson, Hunter S.

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    • Hells Amgels

      For those of us who lived it, a pleasant trip back to more naive times. Before Altamont, before the Angels became a multi-national corporation, before Hunter Thompson completely scrambled his intellect on chemicals. An up close introduction to the original outlaw motorcycle riders before they fell victim to their own publicity.

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